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Undocumented Immigrant Involved In Fatal Crash, DUI Alleged

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, 33% of all fatalities are due to drunk drivers. New York has enacted several laws to punish the people who need more than a casual reminder that drunk driving can end with fatal consequences. A first offense DUI is punishable by a $500-$1000 fine and up to one year in jail. If the intoxicated driver causes an accident that results in injuries, the driver may face a charge of second-degree vehicular assault. If more than one person is injured, the charge may be upgraded to first-degree vehicular assault. If the accident causes the death of another person, a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide may be brought against the driver. 

CNY Central reports that an undocumented immigrant was allegedly driving drunk when he got into a crash that occurred a Weedsport man. 

31-year-old Heriberto R. Perez-Velasquez hit a man driving a compact tractor at about 1:45 p.m. on Sunday. 

59-year-old Mark Knapp was ejected from the tractor and died at the scene according to police. Perez-Velasquez ran from the scene, but passersby were able to lead authorities to catch him. 

Perez-Velasquez has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, felony driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and failure to use a designated lane. 

Prior to the fatal accident, Perez-Velasquez was arrested for another DWI incident on October 19, 2019. He is facing an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge in that incident. 

He is being held at the Cayuga County Jail on a bond of $50,000. He has a court appearance scheduled for November 15th.

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